It’s been well documented and worth repeating, of course, that walking is good for you in so many ways. And to help encourage residents of the Tuscarawas Valley to get up, get out and get moving through walking, Union Hospital’s very own Dr. Aruna Rao along with the hospital’s Community Health & Wellness staff, are planning a series of walk events that can get you moving. We want you to join us too!
Think walking is not that beneficial …. well, think again after you check out these facts related to the positive impacts of walking :
1. Walking strengthens your heart
Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by walking regularly. It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent.
2. Walking lowers disease risk
A regular walking habit slashes the risk of Type 2 diabetes by around 60 percent, and you’re 20 percent less likely to develop cancer of the colon, breast or womb with an active hobby such as walking.
3. Walking helps you lose weight
You’ll burn around 75 calories simply by walking at 2 mph for 30 minutes. Up your speed to 3 mph and it’s 99 calories, while 4 mph is 150 calories. Work that short walk into your daily routine and you’ll shed the pounds in no time.
4. Walking prevents dementia
Older people who walk six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass. Since dementia affects one in 14 people older than 65 and one in six older than 80, that’s a great incentive.
5. Walking tones up legs, bums and tums Give definition to calves, quads and hamstrings while lifting your glutes (bum muscles) with a good, regular walk. Add hill walking into the mix and it’s even more effective. Pay attention to your posture and you’ll also tone your abs and waist.
6. Walking boosts Vitamin D
We all ne ed to get outside more. If you are Vitamin D deficient, it affects important things such as bone health and immune systems. Walking is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while getting a Vitamin D fix.
7. W alking gives you energy
You’ll get more done with more energy, and a brisk walk is one of the best natural energizers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to every cell in the body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. Try walking on your lunch break to achieve more in the afternoon.
8. Walking makes you happy
It’s true – exercise boosts your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking’s an absolute must